Amputees have more active lifestyles than ever before. Mobility after an accident that forces an amputation is no longer a question, but rather an expectation. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there’s a growing demand for fairings (removable, protective covers for prosthetic devices) that offer superior comfort, body contouring — and style.
UNYQ, a startup with boutique studios in San Francisco and Seville, is reshaping the world of prosthetics by meeting this demand. By using 3D printing, UNYQ has created a fashionable collection of limited edition, custom-made fairings.
“You’ll be excited to wear your jeans again and they’ll fit better, too. Your prosthetic leg will be symmetrical and a perfect match to your sound leg,” states UNYQ.
3D printing has made all of this possible. Most fairings will be made from Polyamide, but UNYQ is looking into other materials too, such as silver, steel, textiles, and even leather. This opens up a world of possibilities. The UNYQ concept allows clients to design their own fairing so that it will be a reflection of their own tastes, hobbies and lifestyle.
The process is simple, too. All you need to do is send some images of your favorite designs to UNYQ. They’ll create a few 3D drafts and submit it back to you for feedback. Then once the design is fine-tuned and has your full approval, it will go into actual production. And voila, 4-6 weeks later, you’ll receive your custom fairing!
“Our first few experiences with customers have been poignant and gratifying. After putting his fairing on for the first time, a paratriathlete told us that he felt he got his leg back. A professional cyclist left her old silicon cover with us and said that she would never again go back to it,” UNYQ revealed.
At the end of the day, all that matters is that – with 3D printing – UNYQ is able to make more people smile. It will be inspiring to follow UNYQ’s progress over the next couple of years and watch them improve the quality of life for many.
To learn more about UNYQ’s fashion forward prosthetic covers, watch this video: